KREYOLFEST 2008 — A taste of Haiti in New York
BROOKLYN To honor Tabou Combo’s legacy, the world’s most famous Konpa band, Kreyolfest organizers are preparing a dazzling celebration during the festival on Saturday June 28, 2008 at Wingate Park.
In addition, organizers are asking each band in the line up to perform a rendition of a Tabou Combo song during their set at. A prize will be given to the band with the best musical interpretation.
Tabou Combo, who is celebrating its 40th anniversary, has promised to put the ultimate unforgettable show during its one hour performance at the largest outdoor Haitian festival in the northeastern region of the United States. Musicians like Dadou Pasket, Herman Nau, Elysee Pyronneau, Adolph Chancy, Danny Lebeau and others will grace the stage at Kreyolfest for this once in a lifetime celebration.
This year, in addition to Tabou Combo, Kreyolfest features: T-Vice, Carimi, Zenglen, Krezi Mizik, Zin, Vwadezil, Black Parents, Lakou, an undisclosed rasin band from Haiti and the New York-based rasin, Okan.
Kreyolfest, whose theme is “A taste of Haiti in New York,” is known for its professionalism and being a well-organized event where bands get to play their full set in a relaxed atmosphere. This year, the festivities include the Kiddie Carnival, health fair and of course, a plethora of Haitian cuisine from different regions of Haiti.
“We bring something new and exciting to Kreyolfest every year,” said Darlie Gervais, general manager of the Haitian Times, (one of the Kreyolfest’s organizers) “This is no different. We believe the Tabou Combo celebration will be one for the ages.”
Gervais pinpointed to Kreyolfest’s homage to Konpa Direk on its 50th year anniversary in 2005, as a standard bearer for celebration. The event, which was broadcast live in Haiti, was imitated but could not be duplicated. Julien Paul, Konpa’s first lead singer, performed and gave a memorable interview and died six months later.
As it has for the last three years, Kreyolfest, will again be broadcast live in Haiti for about eight hours on TeleGuinen in Port-au-Prince with relays throughout the country, attracting more than one million viewers.
Prizes will be issued to Kreyolfest attendees. See you all at Wingate!